1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Merrick

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 185.



Merrick (1720-1769) was a clergyman, as well as a writer of verse. He produced a version of the Psalms, a Collection of Hymns, and a few miscellaneous poems. His Chameleon is still buoyant among the productions that the world does not willingly let die. At Oxford, Merrick was tutor to Lord North. Owing to incessant pains in the head, he was obliged to abandon his vocation of clergyman.